Larry Ott becomes a withdrawn, isolated man who avoids people and situations because of the prejudicial treatment at the hands of his father. Larry, plagued in childhood with everything from asthma, to a bout with stuttering, develops a preference to spend his days with a Stephen King novel than outside playing ball. For a boy living in a rural southern town, sports are more of a requirement of manliness than an option. Not only was Larry not a natural athlete but his father, Carl, continuously reminded Larry that he was "mechanically disinclined" (Franklin 39). As the only son of the mechanic, people assumed that Larry should have been born with a wrench in his hand. His father's preconceptions of who he should be and...
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...n childhood by father figures. He shows in the lives of two men from Southern Mississippi that the prejudicial treatments affect the choices a person makes and what type of person they become.
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